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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jul 24, 2011 9:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Furthur in Philadelphia

I was wondering how it went in Philadelphia, given the heat ... and then DeadRed's post. Stuck outside the gate for half the show? Pat down?!?

I was kinda worried I'd read about certain older gentlemen keeling over on stage, or scores of fans with heat stroke, or some other disaster -- like say, a riot triggered by someone's hubby punching out a guard in exasperation :-) Kudos to the band for delivering under the circumstances. But that gate scenario on top of the heat ... what the hey?!?

Sounds like they should have done Monkey and the Engineer, complete with the old intro by Bob: "This is a song about disaster narrowly averted."

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jul 24, 2011 6:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Furthur in Philadelphia

No one keeled over on stage; Bob and Phil were looking a lot sturdier than I felt. Bob did not appear bored or wander around the stage, as we keep hearing recently, and I didn't see any eye drops ... he seemed pretty "on." I felt a little silly I had whined about the heat and suggested they cancel. Clearly that was not called for. It was a pretty raucous crowd, a much bigger crowd last year, though I knew it would be because last year I went on Sunday and this year on Saturday. I was also surprised at the youth of the crowd. An exception: two seriously old guys (maybe as old as Tell ... just seeing if he's listening ...) sat right behind us and sat rigidly still, listening closely but never moving, never reacting. It seemed pretty clear they thought it sucked. I should have asked them. But they didn't leave.

Yeah, the pat-down. If anyone has an explanation for WTF that was all about, I'd sure love to know. We got through pretty easily because we are boring middle-aged types who tend to arrive a little early, worrying about where the bathrooms are, so the wait to be frisked was merely irritating (and very, very hot). Apparently a few minutes later, when the real crowd arrived, it got much worse. It was a *very* thorough search (yet totally ineffective, everyone around us had contraband ...)

Yeah, hubby was not amused. He travels a lot and goes through this in airports regularly; didn't expect to put up with it at a concert. I got through a little ahead of him and was watching and getting very nervous 'cus the guy was lifting men's shirts up, and my husband's shirt was tucked in, and I thought, if this guy actually pulls his shirt out of his pants, my husband is going to deck him. Fortunately he didn't try it, though he did tell him "This will go faster if you cooperate," to which hubby replied, "I'm old and slow, I'm sorry," which I thought was much more mature than actually punching him would have been :)

Perhaps it was in response to last year's nitrous oxide debacle, which I remember hearing the Philly police were very unhappy about. But for god's sake no one tries to bring a TANK through security.

So yeah, we really weren't amused by the sweaty pat-down routine, it wasn't a great start to the evening. Other than that, I had no complaints, it was a so-so show, but what do you want, it was still close to 100 degrees, no breeze, and basically sheer physical misery. The fact they played *anything* decent was remarkable.

"Woman Are Smarter" was a treat, that was fun. And as I said, H>S>F was very well done. The closing OMSN was actually pretty wild. A lot of times, they'd start a song, I'd think Blah blah, this is not going to work, and a little later I'd have to admit that it really sounded pretty good. I do suspect they have improved in the past year. Last night, a really good show just wasn't in the cards.

Bobby should NOT sing When I Paint My Masterpiece. Just does not work. "Midnight Hour" sometimes works, last night, not so much. I love hearing Phil sing. (He sang Franklin's Tower.)

The "Phillesh" t-shirts were cool (Phillies logo-style).

This post was modified by ringolevio on 2011-07-25 01:16:37

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Jul 25, 2011 7:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Furthur in Jersey

Last night, PNC Holmdel, NJ was the last of my summer tour shows (Bethel, Jones Beach, The Mann, PNC). 10-15 degrees cooler than The Mann show, and with a nice breeze. This show was one the band must have circled on the calendar. They were selling a special t-shirt with a green & yellow Garden State Parkway type logo. FURTHUR across the middle, Garden State Exit 116 7.24.11 in the circle around the outline of the state of NJ.

The guys delivered a longer and much more impressive performance than the night before. It was overcast most of the day, but on cue the rays broke through the clouds during the first chorus of Here Comes Sunshine. The second set Wheel opener was unexpected, Cumberland was rousing, and the Terrapin suite is the piece that made the night. The Stones 'We Love You' was my first time hearing it, but I'm not sure I want to hear it again. Bobby flubbed the lyrics a bit on Watchtower, and Touch, where he and John trade off vocal line by line.

Bob had a big smile on his face and had to stop and bow a couple times to the crowd. All the band members stopped and clapped in acknowledgement.

At one point, the arena put the image of a nitrous tank label up on the big screen.

I'll be flying out to Oregon in a couple months for the Eugene shows, then on to Red Rocks.

This post was modified by DeadRed1971 on 2011-07-26 02:35:47

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jul 26, 2011 7:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Furthur in Jersey

Glad you got a good show! Too bad I missed the date circled on the calendar :) I'm not sorry I missed the Terrapin suite, though; I'd rather have the Playin'>HSF suite we did get Saturday night.